Time to catch up with some pictures of the great trips from the last few weeks. We have been so fortunate to have had some fantastic fishing crews with us!
The McCleod Family and friends caught a load of mahi mahi, some nice size grouper, limit of red snapper and a king mackerel.
We had some fun fishing and chatting with this family from Ohio , who brought us a fisherman all the way from Scotland! Caught limit of snapper and a red grouper on their trip.
Limit of snapper and a couple of kings for these boys…enjoyed having them with us!
Another great group of guys from Mississippi! Caught limit of red snapper, some nice grouper and a couple of kings.
The Clark crew had some fun bringing in limit of snapper, a king and some great grouper!
And to be continued in the next post……
Had a great trip with this group from Atlanta and these boys were a blast to have on board!! Limited out on snapper and also caught trigger fish, bonita and several gag groupers that had to be released.
These local boys brought in their limit of snapper along with 2 very nice groupers!
Had a terrific trip with the Goings family from Mississippi and they also caught their limit of red snapper as well as a flounder and black sea bass.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 44-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf of Mexico state waters at its meeting April 17 in Tallahassee. State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in Gulf waters.
This season will start June 1 and end July 14. It is inconsistent with the current proposed federal season.
Federal fishery managers recently passed a rule that grants NOAA Fisheries the authority to shorten the federal recreational red snapper season off states that adopt inconsistent red snapper regulations. The current estimate of the recreational red snapper season is 21 days in federal waters off the Gulf coast of Florida.
While the federal limit for how many pounds of red snapper can be caught has increased, the season length has gotten shorter over the past few years because of more fishing effort and larger fish, according to federal fishery managers.
The Commission chose to go inconsistent based on reports that the upcoming federal stock assessment would likely show red snapper populations are doing better than previously thought and reports from anglers that the fishery is improving.
We feel blessed by all the friends, new and old, that we had the opportunity to spend time with in 2012. The Reel Contender Team wish you all the best in 2013. We hope to see you all again this year and look forward to many trips filled with fishing, friendship and fun. Happy New Year!!!
Welcome to our new wesbite—please pardon our progress. Check back often, we will be posting pictures and videos of our adventures throughout all of 2013 and beyond!